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Training: Zero To Drupal, Orlando - May 15, 2009

Fri, 04/24/2009 - 07:40 -- rprice

My company, DrupalEasy, is holding our second monthly training course in Orlando. Our March event gave us some great feedback, and we're excited to bring some Drupal love to Orlando.

Friday, May 15, 2009 9:00am - 5:00pm

Training Course(s): Zero To Drupal

Leu Gardens
1920 North Forest Avenue
Orlando, FL, 32803

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Join us for a full day beginner workshop at scenic Leu Gardens in Orlando to learn all you need to know about Drupal as an economical content management platform. If you manage, need, develop or design sites that require information posting and collection including blogs, forums, videos, photos, or other data, sign up now at our hometown rate of $175. Seats are limited.

Drupal offers time and cost savings without sacrificing amazing functionality because it allows for quick development turn-around, easy internal updates and virtually no limit to the number of users. Zero to Drupal includes an information-rich, no-frills session perfect for designers, website developers/administrators, and even marketing professionals looking into Drupal to keep quality while cutting costs.

We’ll provide coffee and carbs to start the venture into the who, what, why, and hows of Drupal, including how you can access the plethora of free resources available through this open-source software and its devoted developer community. You’ll learn about the building blocks, installation, updates and security, modules and themes, as well as get some hands on editing exercises to get you comfortable.

The workshop runs from 9 to 5, with a break midday so you can grab a quick bite at one of several nearby lunch spots, or take in the scenic grounds of Leu Gardens. Registration is limited, so sign up now.

Price: $175.00
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Coming of Age as a Community

Mon, 04/20/2009 - 10:50 -- rprice

4 years ago, I had just been away from "home" for a year, having just graduated with my Digital Media degree, ready to go out and cause some riots -- but I had no employable skills, no professional network, and very little job experience. Moving away from my comfort zone was difficult, and I decided to move back within 50 miles of where I grew up.

I had been having a stellar year in the frozen midwest, and Detroit's creative community was very welcoming and bustling. I loved Ann Arbor and was making good connections, but I didn't see the benefits of that locality over... any other.

So I came back, and, after a fashion, kicked a few tires on the local community, deemed it non-existent, and went about trying to find the likeminded, self-starting folks we would need to build Orlando into something unbelievably awesome.

Getting started was slow, but I didn't give up, and I soon realized there were dozens of independent, autonomous, "scenes", but very little to join them outside of a few key Connectors and the local Weekly paper.

I decided to emulate one of the most successful and engaging events I had seen - but wait, I had nothing, knew nobody, and had no reputation. No success to measure against. How does one go about causing an explosion with sparks alone?

One stick of dynamite at a time. You're going to drop a few on the way to the mine shaft (did I mention you have to dig the mineshaft too, and you can't be in two places at once, and you have to teach yourself everything, and try to maintain your regular work, family and social lives the entire time?

We've now had our third (fourth) BarCamp in Orlando, and it's clear that our tech/creative scene has matured. No hand-holding, no rule-setting, just a well-oiled machine rolling down the tracks we've laid over the last 3 years. It's a great feeling. It doesn't happen without lots of hard work and effort, but when we get rolling, it feels pretty darn good.

What's the next step? If you ask me, it will be connecting our autonomous scene with all the others - locally, state-wide, and internationally. Some inroads have been made, but more formal connections can be built, and those can only be solidified with collaboration (in my mind).

We've all got wonderful communities (where we belong, and people listen to us). Let's bring them in, and tell them how much we admire them, because they're good at what they do. Then let's create something together - a film, an event, a manifesto, or let's share our knowledge. We're comfortable doing this among our own kind. It's time to leave the nest.

We have a happy hour coming up tonight. Let's make some plans.

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BarCamp people can Learn from Dead Chickens

Mon, 04/13/2009 - 07:34 -- rprice

While I was at DrupalCon DC I went to a session about how to give a presentation. Emma Jane Hogbin had a slide where she was talking about different presentation styles, and she brought up "Selena talks dead chickens". With some creative googling, I discovered that the presentation was from Ignite Portland, and that someone had videotaped it.

This is why you have to love events like Pecha Kucha Night and Ignite - people will present on any subject, as long as it fits the time limit. At the same time, they are almost always very personal and gripping.

We have a BarCamp coming up in Orlando this weekend, and I'm really looking forward to what everyone comes up with this year. While I will really enjoy yet another OAuth session, I'm wondering who will be the "dead chickens" of #barcamporlando.

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This is so much more interesting than TV

Sat, 03/28/2009 - 11:13 -- rprice

I'm sure it helps that it's Demi Moore's qik account, and that Bruce Willis is in the shot ("Are you twittering?"), but I find stuff like this to be greater than 95% of the content on television, and therefore I don't feel the least bit bad about not having seen any in the last few years.

EDIT: I'm not sure exactly how I'd categorize the next live video I encountered today, but probably still more interesting than television... Love ya, Randall!
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Know Your Creatives: Josh Blount

Tue, 03/24/2009 - 13:30 -- rprice


Josh Blount, originally uploaded by Liberatr.net.

Yes, it's that time again! (for the first time?) Meet a Geek, Florida Creatives Spotlight, Local Heroes, Real Men of Genius, or just plain old Blog Tag! Today's Culprit is Mount Dora's own Joshua Blount, or @stickwithjosh.

I first met Josh on the interwebs - probably the BarCamp Orlando mailing list, or Coworking Orlando, or one of those. He's generally involved in lots of local stuff, and we have only seen the beginning, I'm sure.

On Josh's blog, you can find some useful writing about design, usability, Mac stuff, and a few posts related to Josh's job at Canonical, Inc, the guys who bring you such awesome tools as the Ubuntu flavor of Linux. I also found this post about the Bazaar (bzr) version control system helpful.

Josh is just one of the Canonical Software guys in Central Florida, don't ya know? We've also got Elliot Murphy and Phil Fibiger (congrats on the new job, Phil!) who represent the Ubuntu/Launchpad/etc/awesomeness, and for all I know, they're just the beginning.

Josh is also active with (organizes?) the Orlando Python User Group, or @opug. Among the exploits of OPUG are the pending wiki-fication of the BarCamp Orlando website, completion date TBD.

Josh, consider yourself tagged. Go and spread the good word of a creative peer who inspires you, and hopefully one who is from Florida. This message will self-destruct in 36 hours. Go.

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Try the Clip Show. You probably won't regret it!

Mon, 02/23/2009 - 09:39 -- rprice

Really. This is one of those shows I watch every single episode of, no matter how far behind I get. It's fantastic, and they review some awesome stuff.

For example, here is their 2008 Year in Review episode:

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DrupalCon DC, DrupalEasy Podcast

Sat, 02/21/2009 - 07:50 -- rprice

In less than two weeks, I and a few of my geeky Drupal friends will be jetting up to DC for a massive gathering of Drupallers larger than the world has ever seen.

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With well over 1,200 tickets sold, this will be almost one-half larger than any previous Drupal convention. I'm hoping to see some folks I met in New Orleans and make some new friends.

Mike, Andrew and I will be there promoting our Drupal Easy Training, one of the ventures of our new project. To date, we have released a bunch of blog posts and one podcast.

The podcast has already been mentioned in a poll about future DrupalCons and on Dries' twitter.

Listen to DrupalEasy 01: "Dries for President":

 
You can subscribe to it in iTunes (search for DrupalEasy) or you can get the latest episodes from the DrupalEasy website.

Also, if your going to be at DrupalCon DC and you want to be a guest on the podcast please contact Andrew so he can set up a time. I will have the N96, and Mike will have a Flip camera, so we'll probably be doing some conference videos as well.

P.S. I'm still looking for a room in DC - if you know of anything, I'm game!

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WANT! Nokia N97

Tue, 02/17/2009 - 07:40 -- rprice

Still the best camera of any "smartphone". AT&T or T-Mobile should really start carrying these things...

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